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North Dakota Governor's Newsletter February 2020

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Fadel Nammour, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

Fadel Nammour, MD, FACP, ACP Governor

 


Message From the Governor

Our I.M. Proud / #ProudtobeGIM event last month in collaboration with UND and SGIM was a success thanks to Dr. Laura Nichols, the physicians' panel, and all the participants. We had the opportunity to learn about the lives of our esteemed panelists and how they have chosen their path into Internal Medicine.

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We also learned that we have podcast celebrities in our midst. “Everything your doc wants you to know” hosted by Dr. Lindsay Dahl and Dr. Kirsten Juhl. The purpose of this podcast as described on the website is to educate and inform about health matters affecting adults, from latest research to tips on navigating the health systems and everything in between. I invite you to listen to their latest episode. https://www.everythingdoc.com/podcast-list

It's the year 2020 and with the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary behind us, the election year has begun. No matter our political views it's essential for us as physicians and healthcare professionals to advocate for the patients we serve and our profession. No one is more qualified to advance policies to improve our healthcare system than ACP. Better is possible. I urge you to be involved with your local, state or federal officials. You can be the difference. Click here for more information.

If you have any questions or comments don't hesitate to share it either through phone call, email or on social media (Facebook or Twitter) .

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ACP Calls for Comprehensive Reform of U.S. Health in a Series of Papers Offering a New Vision of Health Care

ACP has released a comprehensive series of policy papers that outline ACP's vision of a better health care system for all, published as a supplement in Annals of Internal Medicine.Better is Possible: The American College of Physicians Vision for the U.S. Health Care System issues a bold call to action, challenging the U.S. to implement systematic reform of the health care system, and provides an ambitious new vision for better health care for all and expansive policy recommendations for how to achieve it.

ACP's “Envisioning a Better Health Care System for All” series of policy papers addresses issues related to coverage and cost of care, health care delivery and payment system reform, and reducing barriers to care and social determinants of health. They offer specific recommendations supported by evidence about ways the U.S. can change the status quo and improve the health care system for all.

ACP developed the papers based on examination and analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the current U.S. health care system and ACP's analysis of the major problems with American health care. Using the best available data and evidence and a comprehensive review of the literature and recommendations as their foundation, potential solutions outlined in the papers build on ACP's day-to-day advocacy to support the daily practice and well-being of its members and health of patients.

ACP invites all members to join the conversation:

  • Engage on social media by using #ACPVision4HealthCare.
  • E-mail your thoughts, questions, and suggestions to us at newvision@acponline.org

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Call for Donations to Medical Students and Residents

We are pleased to have our Resident and Medical Student Members participate in our local chapter activities - Poster Competition and Doctor's Dilemma. We have two medical students and one Internal Medicine resident accepted to present posters at the National Internal Medicine 2020 Meeting in Los Angeles. We also have a team of three Internal Medicine Residents to compete in the Doctor's Dilemma competition.

We need your HELP! The UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences and ACP ND chapter are unable to support the full travel expenses. We are asking Chapter Members to donate funds to help cover travel costs. Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a receipt from ACP ND Chapter. We will also recognize all donors at the annual meeting.

As you know, the national IM meeting is a great networking and learning experience for our members in training and brings national recognition to our members and chapter.

The North Dakota Chapter now has a PayPal donation page if you are inclined to donate to this cause. Click here to donate online.

You may also mail a check payable to North Dakota ACP to:

ND ACP
Carla Mosser
1919 N Elm St
Fargo ND 58102

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Call for Fall 2020 Board of Governors Resolutions

Are you concerned about a practice or clinical issue or have an idea you'd like to suggest? If so, you might consider submitting a resolution to your Governor or chapter council.

Initiating a resolution provides ACP members an opportunity to focus attention at the ACP national level on a particular issue or topic that concerns them. Participating in the Board of Governors resolutions process provides the ACP grassroots member a voice and allows you to shape College policy that impacts the practice of internal medicine. When drafting a resolution, don't forget to consider how well it fits within ACP's Mission and Goals. In addition, be sure to use the College's 2018-2020 Priority Themes to guide you when proposing a resolution topic.

Not sure how to begin drafting a resolution? Researching the College's position on an issue can give you a start. Visit the ACP Online homepage and click the “Advocacy” link in the right-hand, top margin to access ACP policy positions, read about recent ACP advocacy activities, or search ACP's library of policies and recommendations. Visit your chapter website, too, and click the link under “Advocacy” to access Electronic Resolutions System (ERS) where you can search past or proposed resolutions. A copy of the resolutions process is available on the ERS which furnishes more details on formatting resolutions, as well the process for submission, review, and approval.

Members must submit resolutions to their Governor and/or chapter council. A resolution becomes a resolution of the chapter once the chapter council approves it. If effecting change interests you, the deadline for submitting new resolutions to be heard at the Fall 2020 Board of Governors Meeting is March 27, 2020.

Share your good idea with us. Draft a resolution.

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Upcoming Events

Internal Medicine 2020 in Los Angeles, CA

The National Internal Medicine Meeting will be April 23-25, 2020 in Los Angeles, CA. The Convocation Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 23. Please look for information from the College if you are a new Fellow and eligible to participate in the Convocation. The ND Chapter will join Minnesota ACP, South Dakota ACP, and Mayo Alumni Association for a reception on Friday, April 24 from 6:00-7:15pm in JW Marriott at LA Live, Room Diamond 6-7. Please stay tuned for RSVP info for the reception.

We look forward to gathering with colleagues in sunny California!

Save the Date! 2020 North Dakota Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting

The 2020 North Dakota Chapter Annual Scientific meeting will be in Fargo on October 15-16. The poster competition, Doctor's Dilemma competition, and Chapter Social will be on Thursday, October 15. The meeting and awards luncheon will be on Friday, October 16, 2020. We plan to join the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) for the afternoon sessions on Friday.

Would you like to be a part of the Planning Committee for the 2020 Annual Chapter Meeting? Do you have a recommendation for a topic or program speaker? If you are interested in participating in any capacity please contact Carla Mosser. We encourage member input and participation!

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